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Stations Must Reveal Political Television Ad Data

April 30, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Are you curious about how your local television station charges for political advertising? If the FCC has its way, you won't need to guess much longer. On Friday, the commission passed new rules that require stations to post the information on a public website. At first blush, this may seem to be a strong blow for transparency in our political process, but I have to wonder if it will ever...

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Death Spiral for Broadcast TV?

April 25, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Did you ever hear the squeal of feedback in a public address system? It occurs because a sound coming from the amplified speakers finds its way into a microphone, where it travels to an amplifier that makes it louder. This louder sound comes out of the speaker and goes back into the microphone louder than before, where it gets amplified again. And the cycle repeats until someone turns down the...

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TV Connect Rates Still Growing

April 23, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
According to a report by Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG), 24% of U.S. households had a television connected to the Internet in 2010. By last year, this rose to 30%. LRG's latest research shows that this share has jumped to 38% this year. The survey includes video game consoles, Blu-ray players, network media players (such as the Roku and Western Digital boxes), and Internet TVs. One of the most interesting results...

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Cable Services Dangle Bonuses

April 17, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
If this keeps up, you'll be getting a new toaster when you upgrade your cable subscription. Cablevision announced on Friday that members of its Optimum Rewards loyalty program now get a new perk: discounted car rentals from Hertz. The deal also offers free rental upgrades and free membership in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards. Wow, when I sit down in front of my television, I often find myself thinking about renting...

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Boys of Summer Go Mobile

April 16, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
If you have a smartphone or tablet, chances are good that there's a version of the MLB At Bat 12 app available for your device. And it appears that baseball fans are discovering the free program in unprecedented numbers. The free At Bat Lite version gives you scores, video highlights, news reports, and more. The full-featured version costs $15 for the whole season, and delivers pitch-by-pitch animation of live games, radio...

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Another Blackout Ends

April 11, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
It looks as though 2012 will pick up right where last year left off when it comes to dust-ups over retransmission fees. Owners of local stations continue to hit cable and satellite subscription television services with increased charges when the contracts come up for renewal. The FCC won't let the services use the same content from adjacent markets, so their only leverage is to turn the channels off and let...

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Reader Mail: The Future of Cable TV

March 30, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
I get a lot of email from readers, and occasionally I share our exchanges here. This week, I got a particularly interesting message about this week's post about "Online Streaming Grows": You close with the statement that a cable or satellite TV service should be figuring out what to do when their current business falls apart. There is one big hidden assumption that you seem to be overlooking here, namely...

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More Homes Are Hooked Up

March 28, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
A new report from The Diffusion Group (TDG) updates the company's research on broadband in U.S. homes. One interesting point is that about eight out of every 10 homes with broadband Internet connections now have home networks. This is presumably driven by the consumers' interest in connecting more devices to the Internet than before. [Credit: TDG] Perhaps the most interesting development, however, is the location of those home network routers. TDG's research...

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And Now, Live, on YouTube…

March 22, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
What are the hallmarks of a major television network? It distributes professionally-produced content from other sources such as movies. Check. It has millions of viewers. Check. It has its own original programming that is broadcast live daily. Check. Hmmm, it waddles, swims, and quacks like a duck, so I guess YouTube is now a duck. I mean, a major television network. The latest development is the announced launch of "My...

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Who Gives You Your News?

March 20, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
"Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one." A.J. Liebling The Pew Research Center has released its "State of the News Media 2012" annual report on American journalism. It provides some fascinating information and analysis, and is bound to make you go "hmmm" more than once. The part that had me scratching my head and pondering the future was their finding that in 2011, "five technology...

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